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Tikkun's editor Michael Lerner has a son who served in the Israeli military. Order no rx flomax While Lerner has been a strong critic of many Israeli policies, order no rx flomax in an interview with Jewish Week, order no rx flomax Lerner explains: “Having a son in the Israeli army was a manifestation of my love for Israel, order no rx flomax and I assume that having a son in the Israeli army is a manifestation of Bronner’s love of Israel." Lerner goes on to make a fundamental point: "...there is a difference in my emotional and spiritual connection to these two sides [Israelis and Palestinians]. Order no rx flomax On the one side is my family; on the other side are decent human beings. Order no rx flomax I want to support human beings all over the planet but I have a special connection to my family. Order no rx flomax I don’t deny it.” For a great many of the reporters and editors determining what Americans learn about Israel-Palestine, order no rx flomax Israel is family. 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